Rainbow Bazaar

Rainbow Bazaar
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Rainbow Bazaar

Sitting underneath the light of a full moon, in shadows of

the Big Top Tent

hearing the booming voice of my father, the ringmaster

echo into the night air.

A spectacle of colored lights dancing, shooting across the sky

the painted clowns come out for laughs

the jugglers and cyclists their stunts

the music marching in bright, lively tones with the elephants

prancing with the hooves of horses

matching the gaiety of the crowd.

Then,  the music swells – stops.

All is still as fierce tigers appear, wondrous sights

a hush falling over the ring as lights dim.

Above, my mother, the trapezist, waits to fly

soaring above danger, her costume sparkling like diamonds

in the bright fluorescent, blinding spotlight.

The audience stares, transfixed, as tiger stripes streak through rings

sizzling, swirling with fire.

Mother launches into the air above, I hold my breath —

graceful as a ballerina she flys

landing safely on the other side.

I breathe out, close my eyes

listen to the roar of the audience

inside this spectacle of life, this rainbow bazaar

this show of cotton candy dreams, surrounded by

this circus family of mine.

Copyright July 25 2016 Stacie Eirich 

This poem is one that I was already working on for my novel – as a means to understanding one of my characters – the child who you hear speaking through this poem, a child of the circus. This weekend’s poetry challenge over at Toads also happens to include the Circus as a theme–so I’m happy to share it there too.

Last, I cannot close this post without mentioning that I have a friend from childhood, Ms. Diana Dorethy,  who is now working and travelling within a circus as a dancer & performing artist. Writing this poem made me think of her (though my book character is purely fictional) – she is following her passion, sharing her art. She has given me permission to share some of her circus photos with you! Here they are. Check out the circus website — they are currently performing in the Seattle area but travel all over the United States: Venardos Circus

Venardos Circus

Venardos Circus

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Author: seirich

I'm a mother, writer & dreamer living north of New Orleans, La. I love writing, music, theater, travel and my family. I've written and published four books of poetry and a children's fantasy series: The Dream Chronicles. I'm now working on a third children's novel.

9 thoughts on “Rainbow Bazaar”

  1. I love novels about circuses! And, not being a novelist myself, I’m fascinated that you use poetry to delve deeper into your characters. Also, I still love reading children’s books. You will let us know when this novel becomes available, I hope! Meanwhile, I enjoyed the poem.

    1. Yes, Rosemary, I will! It is still very much a work-in-progress, but my goal is to have it published this year. I can’t say that I think of myself as a novelist, as poetry is still the language my heart writes in — but this story is one that began years ago and lingered long enough for me to decide it deserves to be finished and shared. Thanks so much for reading!

  2. Wow, you took me there. I, too, held my breath as the mother jumped. Cool theme for a novel, it must be fun to write and immerse yourself in another life. Neat that you know a circus person as well for behind-the-scenes info. I hope hers is a non-wild-animal-act circus, though it likely isnt.

    1. Yes, her circus in non-animal — it’s a contemporary, performing arts circus. We grew up performing together, although we had different strengths (hers, dancing – mine, singing). She has given me the green light to post some photos so I’m going to update the post to include them. 🙂 Thanks for reading, Sherry! Yes, for me, writing is a great escape – like the wild adventures of my characters.

  3. You can see the awe and the bit of fear this child has as she watches her mother perform such amazing things. Really vivid and well done.

  4. Very vivid and really gives us the feel of wonder and illusion that circus can represent. Enjoyed the colors and the feel of action. (Sorry to be so late, but the links were obscured over at toads, but okay now.)

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